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Twins trade Morales to Mariners

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Twins trade Morales to Mariners
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The Seattle Mariners acquired first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Stephen Pryor.

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Morales, 31, is scheduled to report to the Mariners on Friday, at which time a 25-man roster move will be made.

Morales rejoins Seattle after a brief stint with the Twins. Morales, who signed as a free agent with Minnesota on June 8, appeared in 39 games and batted .234 with 11 doubles, one home run and 18 RBIs. He had a 12-game hitting streak snapped on Wednesday when he went 0-for-4 in the Twins’ 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians.

In 156 games with the Mariners last season, Morales led the team in batting average (.277), hits (167), doubles (34), RBIs (80), multi-hit games (46) and extra-base hits (57). The 23 home runs established a club record for a switch-hitter.

The Cuban native is a career .277 hitter with 141 doubles, 103 home runs and 363 RBIs in 659 games with the Angels (2006-2012), Mariners (2013) and Twins (2014).

Pryor, 25, made one appearance for the Mariners this season after opening the season on the disabled list due to surgery to repair right latissimus dorsi muscle. He appeared in 34 games with the Mariners from 2012-14, recording a 2.81 ERA. He was originally selected by the Mariners in the fifth round of the 2010 draft out of Tennessee Tech University.

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